Sewell holds Town Hall meeting in Carrollton

U.S. 7th Congressional District
Representative Terri Sewell speaks at her Town Hall meeting at the Carrollton Service Center on Friday afternoon

 Congresswoman Terri Sewell held a Town Hall meeting at the Carrollton Service Center last Friday at 4 p.m. where she met with Pickens County constituents to discuss healthcare issues, specifically rural healthcare and the Pickens County Medical Center.
Before the Town Hall meeting, health screenings were available to all at the service center. Pickens County was Sewell’s sixth stop on her 2019 Congress in Your Community tour, which includes 14 counties in the 7th Congressional Disctrict.

Pot Luck Shop celebrates mental health awareness month

Left to right are former Board member Maribelle McDougal, Pot Luck Store manager Barbara Byrd, and current Pot Luck's Board of Directors Theodis Henderson, President Elizabeth Rice,, Kim Price, Patricia Bonner, Johnnie Spain, Johnny Spain and Charles Quarles.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Locally, that includes the Robison-Geer Center, a day habilitation program with Indian Rivers Mental Health Center. The Robison-Geer Center is the only day program in Pickens County. There are currently 12 clients that come to the center daily to learn independent living skills, money management skills, along with community resource and social skills. The staff works together to come up with creative and fun ways to provide training for the individuals attending the center.

People of Pickens: Elizabeth Rice

Elizabeth Rice

Elizabeth Rice is one of the most giving individuals in the Pickens County community. Whether it is volunteering at The Pot Luck Shop through the Mental Health Association, or spending her time working in the gift shop at the Pickens County Medical Center, Mrs. Rice is a humanitarian that we should all aspire to emulate. Pickens County Herald editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down with Mrs. Rice for an interview.

Markevious Forte arrested and charged with murder of 4-year-old

Markevious Forte


Markevious Forte, 29, of Aliceville, was recently arrested and charged with murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of Taylor Cunningham, 4. Cunningham was taken to the Pickens County Medical Center on September 18, 2018, where he succumbed to multiple injuries. Authorities believe that the 4-year-old was already dead when arriving at the hospital.

Carrollton Council: Aiming to improve the community

By Lindsey Turner, Correspondent

The Carrollton City Council met on Thursday, May 2nd to discuss several items on their agenda. Mayor Mickey Walker opened the meeting in prayer. The first order of business that Walker brought up to the committee was to appoint a member to the Board of Equalization.

Ultimately, the council decided to appoint David Stokes.

Aliceville Elementary students learn about gardening

Aliceville Elementary Students learn to plant and grow flowers.


Pickens County College and Career Center's Teacher Cadet program, which is headed up by Instructor Haley McGee, includes 10th-12th grade students from Aliceville High School, Gordo High School, Pickens County High School, and Pickens Academy who have a desire to become teachers.

Pickens County teen wins Big Gobbler Photo Contest prize

Carlee Jane Criswell, 14, won the 2018-19 Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest. The eighth-grader at Gordo High School took this turkey in the Palmetto community north of her hometown.

Carlee Jane Criswell, a 14-year-old from Reform, is the winner of the seventh annual Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest.

The contest, open to hunters who took turkeys in Alabama’s 23-county Black Belt region during the 2018-19 season, drew 27 entries. Carlee Jane wins a prize package worth $175 for attracting the most votes on the ALBBAA website –

Peter Cottontail arrives in Carrollton

West Alabama Bank employees pose with the Easter bunny at the Bunny Hop. Pictured (from left): Donna Nance, Easter Bunny, Robyn Taylor, and Pam Acker.

By Lindsey Turner, Correspondent

The 3rd annual Carrollton Bunny Hop was held on Saturday, April 20th at the Courthouse Square. The event was sponsored by the Carrollton Beautification Committee and was hosted by the community, along with several local churches and organizations. Myra Shufflebarger, who helped coordinate the Bunny Hop, says that the committee decided to start this event after the Face In The Window Festival, which is also hosted by the Carrollton Beautification Committee, and helps raise money for the beautification of the town.

Pickens Academy introduces Scotty Pennington as head football coach

Scotty Pennington


Pickens Academy will move in a new direction this fall, as Wade Goodman steps aside to give way to new head football coach Scotty Pennington. Goodman will remain on staff as girls basketball and softball coach, while Pennington will assume the football and weightlifting duties. Pennington will also serve as assistant athletic director.

People of Pickens: Andrea Ellis

Andrea Ellis


On Thursday, April 18th, Pickens and surrounding counties endured massive damage and power outages, causing much of the county to spend Easter weekend without power, while cleaning up trees and debris from the storm. The damage was due in part to 60-70 mph straight line winds that blew apart tin roofs and uprooted trees and power lines. Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down with Pickens County’s Alabama Power Business Office Manager Andrea Ellis to discuss the situation.

Former student donates supplies to Aliceville Elementary

From left: Former Aliceville student Kelly Lessard, Principal Terry Sterling and Bernice Craig.

By Ginger Pearson, Correspondent

On Thursday, April 25, I went to Aliceville Elementary School to cover a story about a former student donating school supplies and by the time I left, realized that I had three intriguing stories in one. I would like to introduce you to two special ladies and how their love for children and education brought them together to benefit the children of Aliceville Elementary School.

Commission approves purchase of $15,000 server from appraisal revenue funds


The Pickens County Commission meeting on April 23rd was short and sweet, as usual, with the biggest change being that Representative Bobby Bain took over as commission chairman for Commissioner Mark Gray.

The commission began by discussing new business, where they approved the hire of Katherine Thomas as appraisal clerk, which is effective as of May 6th. Commissioner Drew Elmore made the motion to appoint Thomas, which was seconded by Jerry Fitch. The motion passed unanimously.

Aliceville Council: Renting of armory remains on agenda

By Ginger Pearson, Correspondent

The City of Aliceville Council met on April 24th and began the meeting by discussing unfinished business. The first item discussed was the rental agreement for the old National Guard armory for events. City Attorney John Russell III spoke concerning the need to establish regulations. Russell recommended that alcoholic beverages not be served at events there.

HOSA students honored at BOE meeting

Front row, from left: Shaniah Doss, Cheyenne Livingston, Tyler Britt, Riley Campbell, Kayle Pate, Madison Acker, Laci Sanders, Alexia Bishop, Blake Bridges, Joshua Williams, Daniel Carr, John Weston Harless.
Back row, from left: McKenzie Bowles, Lila Belcher, Amy Blakney, Mykenzie Durrah, Jewlee Hill, Gracie Lang.


The April 15th Pickens County Board of Education Meeting began by recognizing the Pickens County College and Career Center students who competed at the HOSA state competition in Montgomery last month.

People of Pickens: Ginny Lee

Ginny Lee


Ginny Lee began her career with First National Bank of Aliceville as a junior in high school, when she took a summer job, which she parlayed into her current position, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Tuscaloosa FNB branch. Pickens County Herald editor Brian Hamilton sat down for an interview with Ginny in Tuscaloosa recently.

Q: How did you get your start in the banking industry?

Court Square Coffee hosts book signing for mother and son duo

Authors Erich Wildgrube (left) and Paula Wildgrube (center) with illustrator Alexis Jones (right).


Carrollton’s Court Square Coffee held a book signing on Monday, April, 15th for a mother and son duo from Tuscaloosa. Erich Wildgrube’s book “The Empress and the Archer” was available for purchase and signing, while his mother, Paula Wildgrube, was also there with her book titled “To CATch a Thief”.

Reform Council: Sewage rate increases are beneficial in the long run

City Engineer Jonathan Bonner waits to speak before the council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

By Addie Grace Phillips, Correspondent

The Reform City Council began their meeting on Tuesday, April 16th with Mayor Bennie Harton calling the meeting to order. Under old business, Harton discussed the fountain and lamp post installation. He also mentioned that Brandon Garrison was the genius behind the lamp post installation and it was all thanks to him and a few others.

Dead body found dumped on Benevola Road


It was just another Saturday for a passer-by on the Benevola Road until someone happened to notice what looked to be roadkill lying in the middle of Highway 2.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a rodent lying lifeless in the highway; It was a human corpse.

The highway, better known as Benevola Road, runs from the southern part of Pickens County, called Bridgeville, near McCaa Bottom Road, and runs throughout the Benevola community, before turning into County Road 63 in south Gordo.

Band of Brothers member Bradford Freeman speaks at Aliceville Museum

Veterans of Pickens County with Mr. Freeman.

By Melanie Harville, Correspondent

Residents of Pickens County had the opportunity to experience a treat on Thursday, April 11th at the Aliceville Museum. Bradford Freeman, a 92-year-old former member of ‘The Easy Company ‘of The Band of Brothers, that parachuted in before D-Day on the beaches of Normandy.